Pacers need a win in Philly
(Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers are fighting for their playoff lives
and will open a three-game road trip this evening against the Philadelphia
76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Indiana is currently 1 1/2 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and
final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, and has won three of its last
In Saturday’s 105-98 win over the Boston Celtics at Conseco Fieldhouse, Mike
Dunleavy finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the
Pacers to victory.
Keith McLeod added 17 points and Jermaine O’Neal had 14 points and 14 boards
for Indiana. Troy Murphy scored 16 points and Danny Granger had 15 in the
The Pacers will hit the road to Philly, Milwaukee and Miami, and are 12-25 as
the visitor this season. On the injury front for Indiana. guard Jamaal Tinsley
(elbow) and center Jeff Foster (back spasms) are questionable for Tuesday.
Philadelphia, meanwhile, is 4 1/2 games off the final playoff spot with six
games to go on the 2006-07 schedule. It has won two of its last three games
and will wrap up a three-game homestand versus the Pacers.
The Sixers improved to 1-1 on the stand after Sunday’s 109-104 overtime win
versus the Atlanta Hawks. Andre Iguodala scored 25 points and dished out eight
assists, as the Sixers improved to 20-18 at the Wachovia Center this season.
Joe Smith had 18 points and Samuel Dalembert contributed 16 points, 10
rebounds and three blocks for Philadelphia. In injury news for the 76ers,
forward Rodney Carney (knee) is doubtful, while Kyle Korver (wrist) is
expected to miss tonight’s contest.
Tuesday’s showdown between Philadelphia and Indiana is the fourth and final
matchup of the regular season. The Pacers lead the series by a 2-1 count and
have won four of the last five encounters.
Indiana has won two straight, four of six and six of its last 10 trips to the
City of Brotherly Love.